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Saturday, 12 January 2013
FRINGE, 5.11 – 'The Boy Must Live'
The last episode before the two-part finale next Friday (which airs simultaneously in the UK, early Saturday morning), I don't have much to say about "The Boy Must Live". This hour very much an information dump, which I'm sure some people will be frustrated about. It's always best to impart information without simply having people sit around talking, but I guess certain TV shows just become so knotted there's no other option. And to be honest, I'm just glad we finally have a grasp of what Walter's (John Noble) plan to defeat The Observers is, and have been told the back-story of the boy Observer known as Michael.
As I said, there wasn't actually much to this episode beyond trying to let audiences understand more about the big plan going into the two-part finale. It was great to finally see the Observer's native era of 2609 A.D (a dark, oppressive cityscape), I liked the moment where Windmark (Michael Kopsa) admitted to his superior that he's experience an emotional need to eradicate Walter's group, the scene where Windmark and an associate almost started to experience emotions thanks to a snow globe and jazz music was also really nice, the call back to the phenomenal "White Tulip" was cool, it was great to see Michael Cerveris back on the show as a different version of September (this job has been one crazy ride for that actor, when you realise his role's gone from negligible weekly "easter egg" to key component), and the stage is set for a gripping showdown next week after Michael (infuriatingly) got left behind at a monorail station and was captured by Windmark.
written by Graham Roland / directed by Paul Holahan / 11 January 2012 / Fox